By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
The NFL has been challenged for months about the health of its former players. Now, the NFL has pledged to give $30 million to medical research to the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health.
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell announced the donation on Wednesday. Almost at the same time that the announcement was made, researchers released a study indicating former NFL players are unusually prone to dying from degenerative brain disease.
The study included more than 3,400 NFL players who played at least five seasons from 1959 to 1988, and there were 334 players that have died by the end of 2007, according to the study.
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“We hope this grant will help accelerate the medical community’s pursuit of pioneering research to enhance the health of athletes past, present, and future,” Goodell said.
In the past several months, the NFL has seen several players commit suicide. Junior Seau was the latest and first high-profile athlete to commit suicide in May.
All these players have reportedly been affected by CTE, which the funding will help research. The grant will include CTE, concussion management, and treatment.
It will also include the relationship between traumatic brain injuries and late-life neurodegenerative disorders.
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“The players applaud the NFL’s decision to independently fund a research partnership between the NFL and National Institutes of Health,” the NFLPA said in a statement. “We look forward to reviewing their findings.”
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